The Cauvery river dispute over the years

Karnataka objects to Tamil Nadu’s plea to release Cauvery water

The Karnataka government has told the Supreme Court that Tamil Nadu’s demand for the release of 45.32 tmcft of Cauvery water proceeds from a wholly erroneous premise that the water year of 2015-16 in the Cauvery basin is a “normal year” and not a “distress year”.

Objecting to Tamil Nadu’s application, Karnataka said the flows into the Cauvery basin had been drastically less due to the failure of the south-west monsoon in Karnataka and Kerala this year.

It said the flows into the four reservoirs in Karnataka had been less from June to October. Reacting to Karnataka’s stance, leaders of farmers’ organisations in the Cauvery delta region of Tamil Nadu said the protraction of the dispute could have been avoided had the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) been constituted as per the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal’s order for implementing its final award.

“If such a body had been there, these mathematical confusions leading to legal disputes and erroneous presentations before courts on the inflow, discharge and storage details pertaining to both States would not have arisen,” contended Mannargudi S. Ranganathan, general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cauvery Farmers’ Welfare Association.

In its affidavit, Karnataka contended that despite a “distress situation,” it had ensured the release of 107.719 tmcft up to the end of October at the inter-State border, Biligundlu.

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